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  • Backwell Lake

    Blackwell lake 660

    Open all year round, Backwell Lake nature reserve near Nailsea in Somerset is home to a diversity of wildlife, habitats and a scenic walk.

    Wildlife and activities

    Since its construction in the 1970s, the lake has developed into an important habitat for wildlife such as birds, bats and insects.

    We work with local groups to conserve and enhance the wildlife around the site and have changed the management of grass to help flowers such as orchids grow.

    The lake supports more than 10 species of birds including mute swans, tufted ducks and grey herons. 

    At least 19 species of common and rare dragonflies have been recorded, including the scarce chaser, southern hawker and broad bodied chaser.

    The thriving insect life on site helps support pipstrelle and daubenton bats which visitors can see feeding at dusk or dawn.

    Code of conduct

    Visitors to the site are asked to observe the following:

    • fishing, cycling and swimming is not allowed
    • children must be supervised at all times
    • visitors should keep a safe distance from the water
    • dogs must be kept on leads and their waste disposed of safely in onsite bins
    • litter should be placed in bins or taken home
    • the car park must only be used by visitors of the lake.

    Backwell Lake - BS48 1TN.

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